Open thread

My daughter and I saw Julie & Julia tonight, and amongst other things, it turns out to be a movie about blogging. Who knew? Good movie, awesome performance by Meryl Streep as Julia Child.


  1. 1

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I-5 Blocked Near Northgate

    I-5 is closed between N. 85th and Northgate. Police have set up a cordon and are searching for a shooter. Police snipers and police with “heavy weapons” are on the scene. KING 5 News says “lots of shots” from an “automatic weapon” were fired from the North Seattle Community College campus “into or through” the freeway.

    The activity is concentrated at the 92nd street overpass. Apparently a homeless camp is in the line of fire and an armored vehicle has arrived on the scene. KING 5 News says polcie “have a bead” on the suspect.

  2. 2

    FricknFrack spews:

    Thanks for the info Roger Rabbit. I wondered what the flashes of light and booming noises were. I live not far from the college and my window faces that direction.

    “2 Men In Custody After Shots Fired Near I-5, Closing Freeway”

    per KIRO TV:
    Updated: 12:42 am PDT August 29, 2009
    SEATTLE, Washington — Seattle Police have two men in custody after a report of gunfire prompts closure of Interstate 5 in North Seattle.

  3. 3

    FricknFrack spews:

    About that Julie & Julia movie, my best friend and I saw it last week. We both LOVED it, and you’re right Goldie the blogging was part of the major fun for me, since I’m more into the blog adventure than French cooking.

    My Sis had been a Julia Child fan for decades, not into French cooking but one heck of a cook in her own right. She recommended it to us.

    What I found most interesting was the story about Child & her Husband’s travels from China to France and how she got into cooking. What a GREAT movie. Streep just had that ‘voice’ down pat. Definitely will see it again!

  4. 4

    Emily spews:

    My husband’s family had planned a get-together two weekends ago. Then my 91 year-old mother-in-law passed away the Thursday before the get-together. She was a dietitian and a life-long lover of food and a wonderful cook. We all ate a great dinner on Saturday evening (including a strawberry pie she’d planned to make herself) and then went to see Julie and Julia. It was the perfect movie for all of us that weekend.

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    Julia Child was exactly, to the day, five years older than my mother. When Mastering The Art was published, it became a central feature of our kitchen. I can’t tell you how many times we savored her wondrous gigot a la moutarde.

    My sister, formerly a professional chef, once met and cooked with Julia. She has a photo of the two of them together … the 6-2 Julia towering over my 5-0 sister, but both smiling broadly.

  6. 8

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @2 Don’t worry, it’s just a couple of health reform protesters exercising their constitutional right to free speech. They apologize for scaring the hell out of thousands of homeowners and for the inconvenience they caused to 50,000 motorists, but it’s crucial to stop the Democratic death panels by whatever means are necessary.

  7. 9

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    If 2 kids with an AK-47 and 20 rounds of ammo can bring North Seattle to a standstill, imagine the chaos that would result from the civil war that some Republicans say this country needs.

  8. 10

    gene siskel's ghost spews:

    If that movie was food I’d have to throw it out as spoiled. The Julia parts are ok but the other tacked on crap is just painfully bad. When they were watching the old S.N.L. piece and laughing like something from “Reefer Madness” I was glad I was dead.Uck!

  9. 11

    mark spews:

    I was and repeat was watching Kennedys’ eulogy on TV and had to laugh at the fact that they were in a church. A WHOLE bunch of democrats in a church. The same fools who wont allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed or allow a “Christmas” tree. You people are so fucked up with hypocrisy. A WHOLE shitload of democrats in a church blabbering over a murdering, traitor to our Constitution. Unbelievable.

  10. 12

    john spews:

    mark, since you are obviously incapable of distinguishing between personal religious faith and the concepts that separate religion from government, I will spare you the challenges of self enlightenment. But suffice it to say, you and your statement is compelling testimony to the wisdom of our forefathers for keeping them separate.

  11. 14

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @11 “The same fools who wont allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed or allow a “Christmas” tree”

    Yes, only “fools” stop religious zealots from shoving their religion down everyone’s throats so everyone can have freedom to practice their own religion.

    Hint: If you have a right to display the Ten Commandants on public property, then Muslims have the same right to display the Koran on the same public property, and atheists have the same right to use the same public property to peddle their anti-religion screeds.

    I guess “separation of church and state” is too deep a concept for you to comprehend. For further details of what the Founding Fathers were trying to prevent see, e.g., the Inquisition … Mark, you’re stupid and ignorant. I’m sorry to have to say that, but you are.

  12. 16

    Daddy Love spews:

    I am never surprised when I see/hear a conservative who cannot believe that there are religious liberals. After all, for conservatives, religion consists of controlling women’s sexuality, justifying discrimination agaisnt the poor and people of color (funny how little things have changed since 1865), and rationalizing the use of public power to serve corporate interests.

    Little things like loving one’s neighbor…

    James 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

    But try to provide some health insurance for poor people, or try to keep the middle class from being bankrupted by greedy insurance corporations, and conservatives band together into the Party of No in the blink of a fucking eye.

    But a hearty fuck you, my conservative brethren: we’re passing it just the way we proposed it, and you can’t do a fucking thing about it. And just as you feared, it will seal a liberal dominance throughout what is left of your pathetic hateful lives.

  13. 17

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @16 I have an idea! In the afterlife, conservatives can have Hell all to themselves, and run it as they please.

    No health care in Hell? No problem! No one dies in Hell! Hell lasts forever.

  14. 18

    Gman spews:

    Heterosexuals are murderous, raping and thieving individuals. The downfall to society – bringing this world closer to hell.

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    SeattleJew's Sockpuppet spews:

    @11 Mark
    A Prayer for Mark

    Dear Lord,

    Please forgive your child Mark for his hatred of your children. We ask that you do not smite him with lightning or afflict him with boils, rather lead him by the gentlest of hands to the corner and tell him to stand there until his anger is eased.

    We ask in the name of all who have suffered from the madness done in your name.

  16. 20

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    ‘Harassment Marketing’ Should Be Illegal!

    Several years ago, before the “Do Not Call” law, I’d get several telemarketing calls a week from the Seattle Times. After I complained to them about it, the calls became even more frequent. So I filed a harassment complaint with the Attorney General’s consumer protection office, and the state lawyers made the Times stop calling me.

    Last year, my neighborhood was canvassed by West Coast Vinyl. They sent salesmen to my door no less than 5 times. Slamming the door in their faces didn’t stop them. The last time, I told the guy my dog was acting like had had rabies and I hadn’t been able to get him to the vet yet, but not to worry because rabies shots are much improved now and the death rate is nothing like it used to be. They didn’t come again.

    I’ve received, on average, about 3 pieces of junk mail a week from Comcast for around 10 years now, so the total number of mailers they’ve sent to me must be over a thousand by now. I’ve never responded to any of them. You’d think that after you’ve ignored a company 1,000 times, they’d get the idea you’re not interested and stop wasting postage on you. Nope, not these guys! Now they’re started sending salesmen to my burrow.

    Some companies seem to have adopted a sales technique of pestering people until they cave in and sign a sales agreement just to get the salesmen off their backs. At bottom, it’s nothing more (or less) than harassment, bullying, and extortion.

    It ought to be against the law. Congress or the Legislature should limit the number of sales contacts companies can make with at a particular address to, say, no more than one in-person sales call a year and no more than 6 pieces of junk mail a year, enforced by hefty fines. Repeated violations should be a felony carrying prison time.

    But if we can’t stop these bastards with legislation, there may be — borrowing an idea from our rightwing nutcase friends — another way to discourage pestering salespeople:

    Who knows, if the cops get enough “shots fired” calls from your address, maybe they’ll enforce the unlicensed soliciting ordinance.

  17. 21

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Obama continues to split the country!

    Sunday, August 30, 2009

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 32% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove. That’s the highest level of Strong Disapproval yet recorded for this President and it gives Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -10 (see trends).

    If Americans could vote to keep or replace the entire Congress, 57% would throw out all the legislators and start over again. Just 25% would vote to keep the Congress.

    42% now absolutely hate this guy’s politics.
    It was only 21% post-election.
    As predicted, once Obama started pushing Big Guv’mint…the folks rebel.

  18. 22

    Rujax! spews:

    Zotz plopped this down on another thread so I’ll link to it here. ‘Bout time they get called on their bullshit:

    Rasmussen Caught With Their Thumb On The Scale

    The danger for Rasmussen, of course, is that they risk damaging their legitimacy with everyone outside of the Fox News crowd.

    There are partisans in the polling game, to be sure. But their data is not reduced to the mere act of cheerleading. For example, everyone knows that the guys over at PPP are Democrats, but no one could ever accusing them of using their role as surveyors of public opinion in order to cheerlead for the folks in blue. They run the numbers, and present them to the public, whether those numbers are favorable to Democrats or ugly (like this week’s PPP numbers in Arkansas).

    For such a prolific firm in the campaign game, it would seem counterproductive for Rasmussen to get pigeonholed as the “right-wing” pollsters. But a cursory glance at their front pages lately render it almost impossible to conclude anything else. It seems a rather sad course to chart for a firm that had been instrumental in examining the election cycles of the past.

  19. 23

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Japanese Voters Oust Conservatives

    Voters in Japan, driven by economic concerns, ended 54 years of conservative rule by electing the left-of-center Democratic Party in a landslide, according to news sources.

  20. 24

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    GOP Health Care Townhalls Hit The Rocks

    Denny Rehberg, Montana’s sole Republican in Congress, put himself and several aides in the hospital by driving a speedboat at high speed onto Flathead Lake’s rocky shoreline after dark Thursday night. No one was killed, thank God, but there were serious injuries. Police are investigating whether Rehberg was drunk or high on drugs, according to news sources. Rehberg was visiting the area to attend health care townhalls.

  21. 25

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @21 No, it’s the Republicans who are splitting the country with their iresponsible demands, intransigence, and outrageous behavior that includes shouting down other citizens and brandishing guns at community meetings and filling the airwaves with talk of civil war and overthrowing our elected government.

    Republicans won’t be satisfied until they’ve filled the countryside with the smell of gunpowder and bodies rotting in the streets. The only sane thing to do with Republicans is quarantine them on a desert island. (We won’t have to worry about them reproducing, because the Republican males are all gay.)

  22. 26

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Opinions about Rasmussen…with no meat on them bones.
    DailyKos–great independent source to criticize the MOST ACCURATE POLL election after election.

    PS–Rasmussen doesn’t poll ILLEGAL ALIENS like the Leftist polls

  23. 27

    Daddy Love spews:

    Ah, Rasmussen!

    Mon, Aug 4, 2008

    For the first time since the candidates participating in the November elections became evident, Republican John McCain is beating Barack Obama among voters who expressed a preference in the Rasmussen Reports Daily Presidential Tracking poll.

    McCain’s one-point lead (47% to 46%) may be statistically insignificant, but it represents a shift in the race that is more evident as you drill down into the numbers.

    The most promising evidence that points to a sound November drubbing of Obama is the seismic shift in the opinion of “unaffiliated” (Independent) voters. Just one week ago, Obama led among voters who identified themselves as Independents by three points. Today, McCain beats Obama by 15 points (52% McCain to 37% Obama) among Independents.

    The percentage of respondents who view Obama favorably has dropped to 51%, which Rasmussen says his lowest rating since beating Hillary Clinton and wrapping up the Democrat nomination.

    Most voters see Obama’s comment that he “doesn’t look like the other presidents on the dollar bill” as racist, while only 22% see McCain’s “Celeb” ad, marking Obama as a mere celebrity rather than a leader by tying his fame to that of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, as racist.

    You just can’t get much more accurate than that.

  24. 28

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Who cares what today’s polls are? There isn’t a congressional election for another 14 months and there isn’t a presidential election for another 3 years. Today’s polls are meaningless.

  25. 29

    correctnotright spews:

    @21: What a maroon…poor Klynical….he has been saying that Obama will fail since way before the election.

    After the democrats pass health care reform without any republicans….Obama and the democrats will be at 70% approval and the republican will be at the usual 30% trogolodyte approval.

    The racists, the idiots, the know-nothings, the simple-minded fools who think corporations can do no wrong and the thouroughly lacking in intelligence-Klynicals will support the simple-minded republicans…everyone else with a brain and the ability to actually think (and not parrot the rightwingnuts) will support Obama and the democrats.

  26. 31

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Daddy Love posts a poll from August 4th??
    How long did it take you to find that one??

    Now they see his actions…Porkulous, crooks in his Cabinet & other appointees, massive deficit spending, Afghanistan is screwed up and we are a laughing stock among terrorists….
    And now Obama proposes to make it worse with Gov’t controlled health care!

  27. 32

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Form Rasmussen TODAY–

    Monday, August 31, 2009

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 30% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11 (see trends).

    Twenty-nine percent (29%) are confident that Congress knows what it’s doing when it comes to the economy. If Americans could vote to keep or replace the entire Congress, 57% would throw out all the legislators and start over again. Just 25% would vote to keep the Congress.

    Overall, 46% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. That’s the lowest level of total approval yet measured for Obama. Fifty-three percent (53%) now disapprove. Eighty-one percent (81%) of Democrats approve while 83% of Republicans disapprove. As for those not affiliated with either major party, 66% disapprove. See other recent demographic highlights from the tracking polls.

  28. 33

    Puddybud is shocked SHOCKED spews:

    Funny how things come around…

    “Now, Ridge says he did not mean to suggest he was pressured to raise the threat level, and he is not accusing anyone of trying to boost Bush in the polls. “I was never pressured,” Ridge said.”

    Yet the looniest of loons on this blog pissed all over themselves when this “book leak” was ‘revealed’. Puddy likes to wait until the dust settles to see what’s the real deal.

    Merry Fitzmas on that Karl Rove Frogmarch fools!

  29. 35

    Puddybud is shocked SHOCKED spews:

    Oh my Puddy was gone a little while and Daddy Love@27 loses it again for the 22nd time. Rasmussen was lauded as the most accurate pollster in the 2008 erection fool. Do you need to see the actual data for the 23rd time Daddy Love or is your Libtardo memory disorder beyond cure?

  30. 36

    Puddybud is shocked SHOCKED spews:

    Now isn’t this interesting about Senator Edward Kennedy…

    “In 1992, Tim Sebastian published a story about the memorandum in the London Times. Here in the U.S., Sebastian’s story received no attention. In his 2006 book, The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, historian Paul Kengor reprinted the memorandum in full. “The media,” Kengor says, “ignored the revelation.”

    “The document,” Kengor continues, “has stood the test of time. I scrutinized it more carefully than anything I’ve ever dealt with as a scholar. I showed the document to numerous authorities who deal with Soviet archival material. No one has debunked the memorandum or shown it to be a forgery. Kennedy’s office did not deny it.””

    Wow. No wonder Goldy didn’t want anyone to say anything bad about the “lion of the senate”…

    Now wait for the “rejoinder” from spongbob wondermoron as he will diss Forbes as being right-wing bullshit.

    Now wait for the “rejoinder” from clusterfucked cinderblock@30 to claim something “pithy”.

    Can’t find these historical records on TPM of Daily Kooks.

  31. 37

    Rujax! spews:

    Does colonelsandersfavoritechicken thin he owns these threads? Is this his blog?

    Does the delusional moron think he is anything more than an object of scorn and derision?

    Maaannnn…the brother really needs help.

  32. 39

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Thanks for posting that Teddy diatribe.
    It certainly shows what a Leftist Loon the guy was.
    Teddy’s in the ground now, so he is fair game again!!
    Puddy, you are a Patriot and a true American!

  33. 40

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    37. Rujax! spews:

    Does colonelsandersfavoritechicken thin he owns these threads? Is this his blog?

    Does the delusional moron think he is anything more than an object of scorn and derision?

    More racist rantings from the King of the Leftist Loons!!
    Puddy, the desperation from these posts by the Loons is obvious. As Obamunism is exposed, vetted and branded as a FAILURE, they get louder and meaner!
    Rujax, why not post something of substance and value someday?? You never have.

    Puddy, I believe Rujax is plumb IGNORANT!

  34. 41

    Rujax! spews:

    Rujax, why not post something of substance and value someday?? You never have.

    You first, shithead.

  35. 43

    Puddybud is shocked SHOCKED spews:

    This is why the clusterfucked cinderblock@42 is as dumb as a brick. When did Forbes become a news organization?

    Was that a single cinderblock thought or two fool?

  36. 45

    Puddybud is shocked SHOCKED spews:

    Hmmm…”And, you align with the most trusted, recognized and influential brand of business journalism in the world.”

    Let Puddy know when clusterfucked cinderblock@44 find the word “news” on the web site.

    (sooooo stupid… it’s a cinderblocked conflagration)

  37. 47

    Rujax! spews:

    What a child you are. Just a petulant child…in the worst connotations of the word. Just can not be wrong can you? that is pathology…whether you’re being funny on this blog or not (and you’re not).

    You’re just one sick-ass motherfucker.

  38. 48

    Puddybud is shocked SHOCKED spews:

    Awwww poor poor rujax, the fool who goes outta his way to slime anybody who disagrees with da idiot. Thanks rujax, cummin from you it’s a badge of honor.

  39. 50

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Rujax is losing braincells at an accelerating rate (not that there was much there to lose).
    Reading Rujax’s responses to Puddy’s posts, it is clear Puddy has trampled po’ Rujax with facts….leaving poor Rujax left with only one retort. Name-calling!

    Good work Puddy!